Getting Hired in 2015 – What You Need To Know About LinkedIn ProfilesBy hire-up-staffing in Industry Resources
We all want the same thing: success. This is why staffing firms like us try our best to fill positions in various companies, matching people with potential employers we feel would make the best fit. However, we can’t really do that unless you provide us, the middle men (and women), the right information to help us help you.
Here are a few tips and tricks to help you create the perfect LinkedIn profile and get the attention of employers looking for talent like you!
1. Make sure your profile is complete and filled correctly.
Sure, it may seem like common sense, right? You have no idea how many people sign up for the business social networking site and leave so many fields blank! If you’ve been signed up for a while, you may have noticed that the profiles often change as well, so make sure you populate any new fields LinkedIn may have added. It could make or break your career search.
2. Move your summary to the top.
It’s a summary for a reason – move it to where people can see it almost instantly. While the experience section is also important, having the summary at the top of your profile allows us staffing firm recruiters to see what you’re all about quicker.
3. Put up a profile picture.
Yes, this is another thing that should be common sense, but a lot of people also seem to neglect doing so! It’s one of the most important things on your profile. No, it’s not judging a book by its cover – think of it as something along the lines of: would you talk to someone shady? Yes, a lack of picture is the online equivalent of being a shady character in a strange neighborhood. Putting a face to represent your professional profile is not just polite, it’s necessary. Imagine talking to someone with a bag over their head – that’s what it’s like when you don’t upload a decent photo of yourself to your LinkedIn.
4. Be social.
Well, LinkedIn is still social media, even if it’s the professional version of one. Interact with people, post great articles that you find helpful or interesting, and participate in discussions. It’s a great way to network and get noticed, not just by staffing firms and potential employers, but also a great way to interact with like-minded people who may one day be your coworkers, partners, and bosses.
5. Mind the details.
Sometimes, it’s all about the little things. Be sure to do the following as well:
· Mention and link any past and present companies you work for or have been a part of.
· Customize your LinkedIn URL – check the Contact section, the option to change it should be under your profile picture.
· Make your profile public. Keeping your profile private makes it seem as though you’re too good for anyone and make you come off as snobby.
· Put other interesting (but relevant!) details – for example, if you blog for your company, link to a page of your blogs. This is one of the many ways to establish yourself as an expert in your field. It’s a great way to gain expertise and attention in your chosen line of work.
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